Women’s Health & Oral Care: Two Things That You Should Know

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You might have missed this year’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health’s National Women’s Health Week. This annual observance takes place on May 10th through May 16th and aims to empower women to make their health a priority.

And while the 2015 National Women’s Health Week (and National Women’s Checkup Day) has come and gone, it is never a bad time to talk about the importance of health, which is why we wanted to focus on two important points that everyone should know.

Obviously, we wanted to place a focus on oral health, because that is kind of our forte!

The first point that we wanted to make was that female hormones can lead to an increase of several oral health problems, including cold and canker sores, dry mouth, changes in taste and a higher risk of gum disease.

Does this sound a little scary? Yup. But the good news is that being aware of this fact just might encourage women to reach for their toothbrush and floss two times daily and to not skimp on their oral health care routine.

Plus, knowing this just might persuade women to finally stop committing the #1 tooth care faux pas and finally start tossing out their worn-down toothbrushes.

The second thing that we wanted to emphasize is that osteoporosis and your oral health overlap quite a bit.

In case you aren’t familiar with the disease, osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. And, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide and 61% of osteoporotic fractures occur in women, with a female-to-male ratio of 1.6.

This disease can potentially impact your oral health since osteoporosis can hamper or damage jawbones and can also trigger dental and oral health issues, including gum or periodontal diseases and loss of teeth and that the dental and oral effects of osteoporosis tend to affect more women than men.

So, be sure that you talk openly to your dentist about any osteoporosis-related concerns you might have.

Oh, and you can help prevent osteoporosis by eliminating caffeine and alcohol from your diet, adding in foods with Vitamin D, getting plenty of calcium and exercising regularly (especially if you incorporate weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises). If you smoke, do your best to stop ASAP.

Happy health-ing, ladies!